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FACT SHEET

Artist Name
Jayme Kelly Curtis (pronounced JAY-me)

Musical Style/Genre

Original contemporary folk/jazz; expressive, blues-infused female vocals. An earthy blend of original "folkloric jazz"  Bonnie Raitt meets Sting.

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City of Origin
Felton, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA.

Background

Jayme writes, records and performs in Northern California. She is frequently accompanied by renowned players and is known for giving them plenty of room to stretch out and improvise on smokey folky rocking originals with a jazzy sensibility. Jayme is also an avid song collector and participates in several cover bands. Her many side interests include Uke Be A Lady, a swing ukulele/violin trio, the folk duo Dulcimer Girls, and the psychedelic "blusey grass"stylings of the And Friends Band.  Locally, Jayme averages 35 - 50 performances annually and enjoys a growing reputation for warm, meaningful showcases featuring literate, soulful songs and the Bay Area's best instrumentalists. Jayme also has a talent for producing innovative split bill showcases and "in the round" events, and enjoys introducing her audience to new talent.


Discography
• Jayme's third studio release of original recordings, Mid Life Chrysalis was released in July, 2008 
• Jayme's second CD, Sugar & Sand , released in 2004, has won glowing reviews from national trade publications and radio airplay in many corners of the world.
• Released in 1999, Jayme's debut CD, In A Rushing Stream, has won favorable reviews and international airplay, and took top honors in the Best Music You Never Heard show on KGO Radio, San Francisco. The CD was engineered by Bay Area rock legend Dave Meniketti.
Old Ways Are Leaving, by the folk duo Duclimer Girls, was released November, 2008.
Show Us Your Ukes (2009) The first recorded collection of songs played by members of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz features a studio recording of Jayme's song "Swept Away," which also appears in the documentary film "Mighty Uke."

Significant Shows
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY ART OF GUITAR EXHIBIT & FESTIVAL
– 2014
Producer and Director
www.santacruzluthiers.org

LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS! - 2013
Producer and Performer
Local singers Jayme Kelly Curtis, Simone Cox and Kristin Brownstone share a band and split the bill with Special Featured Guest Maria Muldaur. The Last Of The Red Hot Mamas Band featured pianist Martan Mann, Olaf Schiappacasse on drums, bassist Dan Robbins and sax man Bruce Wandmayer (from the Trailer Park Troubadours). VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA – sold out (~ 200+)

THE JONI SHOWS – 2013, 2012
Producer and Performer

More than 20 notable local perfomers interpret the music of Joni Mitchell in a theatrical production stitched together with an audio narrative of Joni’s life sourced from radio and television interviews of Joni and her contemporaries. Three productions attracted standing room only crowds.
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA  


THROWING STONES: Ukulele Dick's Rolling Stones Vaudeville Revue
- 2011
Co-Producer and Performer

More than 20 acts from the finest of Santa Cruz's musical performing community reinterpreted the songs of Mick Jaggar and Keith Richards in a two hour extravaganza spanning Baroque to Reggae, Bluegrass to Ragtime, Celtic to Andean, Middle Eastern to Brazil and much more. 

VENUE: The Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA.

RED, HOT & BLUE — A Tribute to Cole Porter - 2010

Performer -
With Ukulele Dick, bassist Gary Cunningham and the Cast of A Fools Delight
VENUE: The Reef, Santa Cruz

JUGTOWN, USA

- 2009
Co-Producer and Performer

In honor of Motown's 50th anniversary, Jugtown USA features the classic hits (and complete arrangements) of Motown, played on instruments anyone can afford. Included an historical narrative around a multi-talented nine-piece band playing the orchestral arrangements of Motown on suitcase drums, pie plates, kazoos, beer-o-phones and the like.
VENUE: Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton, CA – sold out (~ 200+)

Dick, Mick & The Chick, 2007 - 2008

Three wildly different songwriters in the round backing each other on a wide variety of instruments - 27 at last count. Featuring singer/songwriters Dick Dujour, 
Mick Overman and Jayme Kelly Curtis
VENUES: Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton, CA – sold out (~ 200+)

Repeat performances at Fiddling Cricket Concert Series/Mission Coffee Roasting Company, Santa Clara, CA

Dick  & The Chick Introduce the Show — on-going
Professional emcees Ukulele Dick and Jayme Kelly Curtis provide polished, professional introductions that are also unusual and comedic pieces of art. For each show, Dick and Jayme write a parody song specific to the act being introduced. These colorful intros communicate the objectives of the venue while whipping the crowd into a pre-show frenzy.

Jayme’s CDs LIVE – on-going
Live recreations of Jayme’s studio CDs featuring multiple performers from the original recordings. Multi-media special effects, special audience gifts and more surprises.

Significant Venues
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Don Quixote's International Music Hall, Rio Theatre, Cayuga Vault, Henflings International Folk & Acoustic Music concert series, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Espresso Garden & Café, Ugly Mug, Fiddling Cricket Concert Series, Rose Street House of Music, Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, Boulder Creek Art & Wine Festival, Loch Lomond Highland Games.

Teaching
Jayme offers private instruction with a focus on easy-to-understand basic music mechanics that make it possible to play well with others, as well as stringed instrument technique, ease of playing and vocal instruction in select circumstances.

Feathers in Jayme's Cap
Placements on Country Music Television, the Travel Channel, A&E, Fine Living Network, Logo, and PBS. Notable programs include Martha, Anthony Bourdain, and Taste of America
• Live performance of original song "Swept Away" in the MIGHTY UKE MOVIE ; World Premiere at 10th Annual Woodstock Film Festival 2009, Audience Choice at Whistler Film Festival, 2009
ASCAP Plus Award Winner
• Documented airplay on numerous terrestrial stations in the U.S., plus many overseas radio stations, and countless Internet stations
Endorsing Artist for Elixir Guitar Strings/W.L. Gore & Associates 2000 - 2005
Performing Member of Indiegrrl.com. Among top 40 of 300 submissions 
• Finalist , GuitarGirls.com Songwriting Contest
• Founder , Boulder Creek Acoustic Music Society; Contributing Member, California Coast Music Camp and Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz; Volunteer, Bread & Roses
•  Working Musician , performing a wide variety of styles with several different bands
•  Multi-instrumentalist : Guitar, Dulcimer, Concert & Baritone Ukulele, Mandolin, Pennywhistle, Harmonica

Impressions
"Catch this pure-voiced singer now, and it will be like you were lucky enough to see the Dixie Chicks when they were playing street corners. "
Brad Kava, Music Critic, San Jose Mercury News


"Fantastic songs, good musicians, and most of all, a brilliant voice."
Dirk Stursberg, Radio 98.6, Berlin, Germany

 

PurrGirl Music Publishing
P.O. Box 278  • Felton, CA 95006
Jayme at purrgirl.com
831/335-8110

 
  ©Jayme Kelly Curtis 2014